Save Your Forest – Eat Garlic Mustard!

Seems many folks are taking advantage of the forest preserves during the quarantine, which is awesome, as nature can heal us both mentally and physically! However, sadly, due to the same quarantine, volunteer work days at the forest preserves have been cancelled. These workday delays will allow invasive species to get a stronger foothold inContinue reading “Save Your Forest – Eat Garlic Mustard!”

Plant Trees Like a Licensed Arborist

If you’re not going to plant a tree correctly, why even plant it at all? If you’ve invested in adding a tree to your yard, you’ll need to know how to plant it properly. Remember, your tree is an investment (at the least) and a part of the family, you should only do what’s bestContinue reading “Plant Trees Like a Licensed Arborist”

How to Buy And Burn Firewood Like a Pro

After reading these tips, you will not only be able to buy the best firewood for your buck, you’ll be able to burn that firewood without smoking out your house or neighbors! There are not many things that I like about cold weather, however snuggling-up to a roaring fire with my honey tops the list!Continue reading “How to Buy And Burn Firewood Like a Pro”

Reduce Your Energy Costs With Landscaping

Landscaping can significantly reduce energy costs of heating and cooling the home. Some well-placed shade trees, evergreens and shrubs not only look great, but also keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Not much solar energy enters our homes through the walls and roof because of the insulation. Sun shiningContinue reading “Reduce Your Energy Costs With Landscaping”

Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus; Do You Know the Difference?

Most likely, if you’re buying a blooming holiday cactus before the holidays, its a Thanksgiving cactus, not a Christmas cactus. I can’t begin to tell you how often I see stores advertising Thanksgiving cactus as Christmas cactus. (And we’re not even going to bring up their bastard cousin, the Easter cactus – Schlumbergera gaertneri.) ItContinue reading “Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus; Do You Know the Difference?”

Picking Your Perfect Poinsettia

No more picking your holiday poinsettia and having it fail before the holidays. With these great tips, not only will your poinsettia be a perfect highlight for your table, it can also be next year’s guest! A Little History First… Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are woody shrubs native to Mexico and Central America where grow upContinue reading “Picking Your Perfect Poinsettia”

5 Steps to a Blingy Winter Container

Happy winter, everyone! I’m excited to be making my evergreen winter pots again!! Winter season pots have to handle a lot of adverse conditions and actually have to last a long time, up to five months. This year, I decided a ‘BLINGY’ winter container was the direction I’m going. Your 5 Steps to a BlingyContinue reading “5 Steps to a Blingy Winter Container”

Edible Plants for Midwest Wellness Gardens and Foraging

Although I had previously written this article about edible plants with only foragers in mind, I think it’s also a great reference for Wellness Garden designers. Most Wellness Gardens are used in a passive manner, as in a place for sitting and reflecting. These types of gardens are called Restorative Gardens, and can be foundContinue reading “Edible Plants for Midwest Wellness Gardens and Foraging”

Keep An African Violet Blooming (Almost) All Year

An African Violet is one of the easiest flowering houseplants to own. Therefore, this makes them a popular with black-thumbs and folks that may not have lots of time or energy to care for a plant. It’s easy to see if the plant is in need of water, due to the clear glass water reservoir.Continue reading “Keep An African Violet Blooming (Almost) All Year”